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Old 09-18-2018, 06:18   #1
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Hello everyone,
I'm new to this forum and have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes since around 2011. Only recently have I really started paying attention to my diet. Just kept taking the meds prescribed (2500 mg of metformin and 15-20 units of insulin for the last several years). Basically I just didn't want to make any dietary changes and depended on medicine to do the work for me, but the amounts have been climbing over the years and, being 57, I've finally gotten serious about what I put in my body. I do have a question though and I've not familiarized myself with this forum enough to easily find any discussion on. What do the rest of y'all think about a Whole Food Plant Based diet? Though I do eat seafood about 4 times a week, I guess I am eating more of a Mediterranean diet, without the wine. So for the past 2 months I've been eating this way about 70 percent of the time. A bonus I wasn't expecting is that I've actually lost 12 pounds during that time but my main goal was to get my A1C lower and eat cleaner and closer to the earth. By keeping a detailed diet log and checking my morning blood sugar and again 2 hours after supper for these 2 months I have steadily decreased both my insulin and metformin meds. At first I took my meds as prescribed but within days I was crashing into the 40s in the middle of the night. Scared the heck out of me, as well as my husband. So I started decreasing my insulin by small degrees until I totally quit taking it 3 days ago. Have also gradually decreased my metformin from the 2500 daily I was taking down to 1000 mg daily. My morning blood sugar is usually in the 70 to 80 range and 2 hours after eating my evening meal its around 140. I am pleased with the results so far especially enjoy no middle of the night surprises with crashes. Anyone have any thoughts about the WFPB lifestyle. Any comments are appreciated. Lisa

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Hi lkennedy1961, welcome to the forum.

Glad you came around to being serious and opted for the better of two choices. Yes we can choose to keep the lifestyle (eating) the same and take more and more meds as things continue to get harder and harder to control, or we can choose to look at minimizing the the very thing that has the greatest impact on what makes our BG go up. Reducing carbs does lead to less meds being required, and IMO, it is the better of those two choices.

WFP based diets may work for some, but can end up still being too many carbs to have good BG control. I did try that to a degree after trying to do the Glycemic Index approach, neither worked well for me. Like you I liked seafood, so the closest I could get was being pescatarian, but it wasn't getting me to where I should be to try and keep my BG below 140 all the time. It wasn't until I tried Low Carb High Fat that I began seeing my numbers coming down and staying down. I am currently eating a Keto diet.

As far as testing, you should look at testing before eating, one hour after eating, and two hours after eating until you figure out how your BG reacts to certain foods.

A good source of info about diabetes and its management is Bloodsugar101, it is well worth the time spent there for getting factual information.

Hope to see more posts from you. I know what works for me, but cannot guarantee it will work for you. You have to try things for yourself, and test, test, test. The meter may not be perfectly accurate but the trends don't lie.

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Hi, Lisa! Welcome to the forum.

As a group, we believe strongly in the effect of diet on managing diabetes. For almost all of us, it comes down to reducing the intake of carbohydrates because that helps reduce the steps we have to take (medication, warding off high blood glucose, etc.) to counteract the way our bodies handle them (poorly).

Some folks here prefer to eat a plant-based diet. As mbuster mentioned, many vegetarian/vegan diets present challenges to a low-carb ways of eating. But, as you're demonstrating, with enough diligence, it can be done.

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A1c 10-30-2018 still 5.6 with no meds. Thank you LCHF!
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Old 09-19-2018, 22:28   #4
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Welcome to the forum Lisa. I have a friend who is on a plant-based diet. She always post a pic of her food plate on fb. To me, there are way too many carbs on her plate, plus she adds fruit to her meal. When I ask her what her numbers are, she says 'good.' 'Good' could mean different things to different people.

I guess if you eliminate the potatoes, corn, and fruit, it can't be that bad.

I hope you stick around.

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Welcome to a very supportive group!

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I whole heartedly agree with both parts of this greeting...

- welcome to the group Lisa.

- yes, it is a very supportive group. I enjoy giving but have always felt like the group has given me much more.

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Thanks for the welcome everyone. I am already excited to have found some of "my people" and will be putting the advice and information y'all share with me to use where I can.

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Welcome to the forum, Lisa.

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Welcome, but you need to add some white space to your posts; it is difficult to read, when it is all typed together like that.

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